Commentary

Reasons to love Valentine’s Day

It is Feb. 14 and love is in the air. It's Valentine's Day, and for those of you fortunate enough to have a loved one in your life, take a moment to tell them you love and appreciate them.I love the history of things and while I'm sure we've all heard of Saint Valentine, do you know about ...

Tax dollars must be used wisely

It was exciting to hear the news that New York state is planning to invest $200 million to build a pharmaceutical facility in Dunkirk. The move is reportedly going to create hundreds of jobs and in a community that has been hit hard by the loss of ConAgra and the potential closure of NRG's ...

Valentine’s Day memories about a special couple

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. That's a very special day for me. Russ and I got engaged on Valentine's Day in the year 1946. Then we chose to get married later that year on the Fourth of July. We chose that date because it was a holiday and everyone would be free. There were businesses on both ...

Wintering in Silver Creek

It's winter and I am now in semi-hibernation. In winter I leave the comfort of my home only out of necessity. As winters go It hasn't been a bad winter and even though Dunkirk Dave predicted another six weeks of winter, this year I have to side with Punxsutawney Phil and the majority of ...

Hey, you!: drifting in the snow

The snow on the deck has drifted to spots over two feet tall. It lies against the door no more than six or eight inches high.Too high for me. Or, as far as I'm concerned, the dogs. My shovel sits ready - but not for that!Until now I could open the door and sweep out enough to permit relatively ...

One way to make a change for the better

As a resident of the city of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County, I see the pitfalls of mismanagement, a lack of personal pride in property - whether your own or someone else's, a disregard for simply doing what needs to be done, a general lack of doing the right thing for one's self, the community ...

When luck’s on your side

The exactness of the story I relate here is the best I could glean from the relatives involved who were familiar with it. I did not press them to elaborate beyond their own honest recollections of the incident here related. To me the whole story is incredulous enough, even if a comma or period ...

Forgetting why they came here

When our forefathers came to this country, they were willing to work hard to raise their families, pay their bills and be productive in our society.First they had to go through Ellis Island for interviews and medical exams. If they were lucky, they passed all the requirements to enter this ...

Ellery actions put landfill in legal mess

How often do we hear that government should run like a business? The implication is that businesses must be efficient, deliver a quality service and be competitive to survive.Chautauqua County government embraces these principles as evidenced by one such operation classified as an enterprise ...

Power landscape adds to region’s peril

Editor's note: This is an open letter to U.S. Rep. Tom Reed.I am writing to you today to bring your attention to a very serious problem with the state power markets. Due to the New York System Independent System Operator unfair market policy, we now find the Western and Central New York ...

How to make America great

The mantra "Make America great again" is growing in popularity, but, as a campaign slogan, it is about as meaningless as "Hope and Change." That doesn't mean that America can't be great or shouldn't be great. It means that it is ambiguous and squishy. Most people like the idea of being part of ...

Taking away our power

I would like to add my thoughts to a recent letter "Gun laws can't stop criminals" (Jan. 17).Guns are not the problem, people are. That should be quite clear now around the nation. Ridding our society of violence and murder can't be done with President Obama's ridiculous gun laws. Gun control ...

Help keep memories of the past alive

I had a wonderful weekend! I'm so impressed with all the help I get from young men. Some of them even cook for me. I never dreamed this would happen!I just got a word of wisdom and I want to pass it on. Here it is: Keep your mind going and it will never leave you! I believe that's true.Now I ...

Not-so-common Common Redpoll

I have recorded the redpoll's presence here on just less than two dozen occasions since 1998.Most frequently sighted during January (when I couldn't squeeze another column in edgewise), it's also visited from December all the way to April first in 2013. With the strange weather we've ...

‘Outsiders’ add to campaign intrigue

Democrats. Republicans. Also rans. There's an inevitability about it.But it's a fragile fate. The 2016 Presidential campaign is revealing cracks in our rigid two-party system. It's not just talking head indictments against the rigid nature of the two-party structure. It's also the rank and file ...

Prescription costs are bad medicine

On Saturday there was a packed house at the Town Hall meeting with Tom Reed. Most of you will be thinking that I will launch on a personal attack on him, but I never thought I'd actually say this: he agreed with me on a question I asked regarding big pharmaceutical companies and the prices of ...

Our gift of SUNY Fredonia

A new spring semester is well underway at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Indeed, the university is a cultural and economic powerhouse: exemplar in teaching, creative in research and dedicated to service with a creative cultural and economic impact on the county, state, and ...

Youth need talk on tobacco

Today is the final day of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, making it the perfect time for parents to have the initial talk with their children about the dangers of drugs.One of the most addictive drugs is nicotine, which can be found in all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.A study ...

In world of business, call backs become less frequent

They never called back. I've only lived in Western New York for about the last 20 years or so. One novelty that seems unique to this area, or maybe that it is something I've never noticed elsewhere, is that a lot of businesses just don't call you back.I admit I am more than a little obstinate ...

Big bluster won’t fix U.S.

Politics - "the art and science of government." American politics is a strange phenomenon where electoral politics is about the "art," and where governing is about the "science."Regardless of party, candidates are all talk about what is wrong and how to make things right - or "great again." ...